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Freedom Fighters #5

“Did you come to fight for our freedom? Did you come to liberate us from false imprisonment?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Travis Moore, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 9th, 2011

Who is Jake Ellis? #1

Who is Jake Ellis? The first issue delivers action, not answers, and that’s fine by me!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Tonci Zonjic
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 9th, 2011

iZombie #9

The mystery of the missing pages!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, January 9th, 2011

Ian Churchill’s Marineman #2

“The marine environment needs help right now. So I decided to explore more direct methods.”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ian Churchill
Artists:
Ian Churchill
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 9th, 2011

Avengers: Children’s Crusade #4

The extended Maximoff family arrive at Castle Doom, where Wanda is being held.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, January 9th, 2011

The Walking Dead #80

Trapped in a community might feel safe but it will also be claustrophobic. The fuse is set, and lit, and it’s going to be a very slow burn. When will it all go bang?

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, January 7th, 2011

Weird Worlds #1

“Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The government contracts a chemical company, Titan, to develop a way to improve the performance of their military personnel.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kevin VanHook, Aaron Lopresti, Kevin Maguire
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Kevin Maguire
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, January 7th, 2011

Captain America: Hail HYDRA! #1

Just like the old serials before your favorite talkies, Cap and Bucky face off against HYDRA goons in rootin’ tootin’ smash-‘em- up fights. Enjoy.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Maberry
Artists:
Sergio Cariello
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, January 7th, 2011

Doom Patrol #18

“Blown a. . . what is it with you people!? I’m about t’knock his damn block off, and you two’re actin’ like it’s tea time at th’ hostel!”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Ron Randall, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, January 7th, 2011

Ryder On The Storm #2

Plenty of history, two bedded ladies for our lead, and a final panel twist to make you gag or cringe or pucker up really bad.

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
David Hine
Artists:
Wayne Nichols
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, January 7th, 2011

Dark Sun #1

Light on plot, but high on "Dark Sun" weirdness.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Alex Irvine
Artists:
Peter Bergting
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, January 7th, 2011

The Thanos Imperative: Devastation #1

In the wake of “The Thanos Imperative” comes a comic where the plot is thing and the end point is already known. That’s worth four bucks, right?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, January 6th, 2011

Generation Hope #3

"Generation Hope" shows how to balance a new cast of characters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salvador Espin, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 6th, 2011

Steel #1

"Steel" fans should steer clear.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Lyons
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 6th, 2011

Ultimate Comics Captain America #1

Not all that different from the "regular" Captain America, and the digital inking is unfortunate, but otherwise a good read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, January 6th, 2011

Batman Beyond #1

“It’s been great having time to spend with family and friends again. . . it almost feels like a normal life, you know?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Ryan Benjamin, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 5th, 2011

Avengers Prime #5

Thor, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark lead the Nine Realms against Hela and her army of the dead!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 5th, 2011

Brightest Day #17

"Brightest Day" is picking up the pace.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado, Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 5th, 2011

Adventure Comics #522

Please note: none of the cover characters are actually in this comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Marlo Alquiza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 5th, 2011

JSA All-Stars #14

Oh yeah, this team is supposed to train people, right? And be proactive? Had you forgotten about that too?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 5th, 2011

Superboy #3

“A little too busy. Smallville was supposed to be my place away from all the craziness.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 5th, 2011

Irredeemable #21

The Plutonian is either going to find redemption or he’s going to get really pissed off.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause, Diego Baretto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 5th, 2011

Avengers #8

What’s left of the Illuminati finally re-unites, and the Red Hulk joins the cast.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 3rd, 2011

X-23 #4

I never thought I'd be enjoying a series starring X-23 and Gambit, but it's nice to be proven wrong.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Will Conrad, Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, January 3rd, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #5

Howard Stark and Nathaniel find themselves in the distant future and that could matter, I guess, maybe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dustin Weaver
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 3rd, 2011

Secret Warriors #23

Six months ago, Nick Fury fired Sebastian. But, as John Garrett says, “There is no out.” So... what happened then?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 2nd, 2011

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #5

The vampires attack! And, uh, that’s it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve Dillon, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 2nd, 2011

Deadpool Team-Up #886

Iron Fist steals the limelight and Deadpool quiets down so as to be funny and not annoying. Then Dragotta nails the visuals so hard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Shane McCarthy
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, January 2nd, 2011

Spider-Girl #2

“I suppose you all saw it the other day. Me against the Red Hulk. Not a smart fight. I know.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Clayton Henry, Ray Height, Walden Wong, Roland Paris, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 2nd, 2011

Justice Society of America #46

“Monument Point’s got enough problems without you @?!$#%’s adding to the list.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 31st, 2010

Hulk #28

“I’ve trashed my military career, I’m constantly attacked by my supposed allies, my family won’t talk to me, and the only place I can be human is on a secret base with the one man I can’t stand.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman, Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 31st, 2010

What If? #200

What if Norman Osborn won Siege? Plus, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, and Frank Miller make this a pretty cool anniversary celebration issue!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Stan Lee
Artists:
Dave Wilkins, Lucio Parrillo, Dale Eaglesham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, December 31st, 2010

Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #4

While this issue is a little underwhelming, it's still a great read with a great final page reveal.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Mark Roslan
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Fri, December 31st, 2010

Action Comics #896

In which the two villain-led books of the DC Universe have themselves a crossover.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Nick Spencer
Artists:
Pete Woods, R.B. Silva, Dym
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 29th, 2010

The Flash #8

What does a living retcon look like?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 29th, 2010

New Mutants #20

With one issue to go, Zeb Wells starts wrapping up his run on "New Mutants."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 29th, 2010

Chaos War: X-Men #1

“John, I can see now what you must do. The Thunderbird that appears to only you – it’s more than your avatar, it’s a gift from your god!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Louise Simonson, Chris Claremont
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 29th, 2010

Green Lantern #61

“You are uncontrollable vengeance born from the blood first spilled. Too chaotic and too dangerous to leave unleashed on this world.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 29th, 2010

Red: Eyes Only #1

Cully Hamner proves he can write in “Eyes Only” and delivers career-best art with Val Staples on colors.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Cully Hamner
Artists:
Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 29th, 2010

Detective Comics #872

"Detective Comics" is dark, nasty, and dangerous, and I love it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 29th, 2010
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